New iPhone apps worth downloading: Brewster Address Book update, Heroes and Castles, Lode Runner Classic

Jan 18, 2013

Keep things organized this week with the help of the latest update to Brewster Address Book, an app that combines social media accounts and Contacts Lists. We’ve also got two great new games: Castles and Heroes, an action-role-playing game with strategy elements, and Lode Runner Classic, an old-school puzzle-platformer revamped for iOS devices.

Brewster Address Book update (Free)

What’s it about? Brewster Address Book is pretty much what it sounds like, bringing your contacts together from your iOS device and Gmail, as well and social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

What’s cool? Organizing everyone that you contact in one handy place makes Brewster Address Book pretty darn useful. By bridging all your networks, it allows you to create profile pages for your contacts that include all their information, ranging from phone numbers to LinkedIn profiles and Twitter handles. With all that information you can search your address book for lots of different criteria, like Twitter handles or even interests and other bits gleaned from Facebook. Brewsters latest update includes a reworked user interface to make the app easier to navigate, and allows syncing between the app and your iOS device’s Contacts list.

Who’s it for? For people with a lot of contacts and information to keep straight, Brewster Address Book can be very helpful.

What’s it like? Try Dialvetica Contacts and Smartr Contacts for more help with contact organization.

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Heroes and Castles ($1.99)

What’s it about? Part role-playing title, part strategy game, Heroes and Castles has players taking part in battles while also constructing buildings and ordering forces around the field.

What’s cool? Heroes and Castles puts you into the action first-hand as you control a fighter from a third-person perspective, but also gives you greater control over what’s going on with your forces in a battle. You can build towers to defend your castle and summon armies to fight beside you, while plowing your way through enemies with special powers and upgrading your hero along the way. Heroes and Castles also includes a multiplayer co-op mode, which allows you to join up with friends in battle.

Who’s it for? Fans of castle defense and third-person role-playing titles, you’ll want to try this one.

What’s it like? Try the recently released Ravensword: Shadowlands for more action-RPG goodness.

Lode Runner Classic ($2.99)

What’s it about? Side-scrolling classic Lode Runner is back, in all its old-school 8-bit goodness.

What’s cool? You might remember playing Lode Runner back in the heyday of the Apple II. The game has players climbing ladders, dodging enemies and trying to get their hands on gold – but all without jumping or shooting bad guys. You can use your weapons to blast blocks and change levels as you work through each puzzle, but Lode Runner also relies a lot on speed, quick reactions, and fast thinking. This iOS re-release of the classic version of the game is optimized for smartphone controls, and includes all 150 original levels, plus a time attack mode that lets you test your skills.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of classic side-scrolling puzzle gameplay, definitely give Lode Runner Classic some attention.

What’s it like? For some great old-school platforming action, give League of Evil a try. Puzzle players should look to Tetris for that old-school feel.

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